Our goal as missionaries has always been to partner with nationals and help and support them in any way needed with discipleship, training, mentorship, etc. We decided from the beginning of our journey of faith that we were not there to build “our kingdom”, but God’s. Our philosophy has always been that nationals can reach their own people much better than we ever could. When we arrived so many years ago, We built close connections with both Bulgarians and Roma/Gypsies. We began to build strong relationships and deep friendships with them by doing life together. God formed such trust and love between certain ones of us over the years and we were all the better for it. We began to hear their heart on their vision and what God had put on their hearts. They had such a burden for their people and the great needs they saw in their communities daily. God had given them vision and ideas of how to meet the needs of the people…spiritually, physically, mentally, socially, financially, etc.